About 25% of household trash is organic waste from table scraps. This waste is biodegradable, yet typically is put out for weekly garbage pick-up. This contributes to foul odors and attracts unwanted pests, such as vermin. Once disposed of in a landfill and buried, the degradation of organic waste is slowed due to anaerobic conditions (lack of oxygen).


We are researching two different approaches to composting food waste at the EIC: vermicomposting (composting with worms,) and blatticomposting (composting with roaches.)



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Rouge River
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The Rouge River Bird Observatory is the longest- running, full-time urban bird research station in North America.
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Interpretive Center
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593–5338